Those workers were furloughed during the shutdown, which resulted in Obama's much-lauded garden being overgrown with weeds, riddled with wildlife and vegetables rotting on the vine, according to Obama Foodorama, a popular White House food blog.
The garden has more than 30 kinds of vegetables, including pumpkins, which can be harvested in time for Halloween.
The first lady started the garden in 2009 as part of her anti-obesity "Let's Move" campaign.
Produce from the garden feeds the first family and has also been used for state dinners and official events. Some produce is also donated to local food kitchens.